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Weekly Newsletter - July 17, 2013

Welcome to the weekly edition of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market Newsletter sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. This Thursday, July 18th (from 2:00 to 7:00) you'll find the best Jersey Fresh produce within walking distance of your home. The Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market is in full swing and has a bounty of crisp veggies and ripe sweet fruit to offer. So sign up for the weekly newsletter to plan your shopping list, get reminders, recipes, and even health tips. Plus find out what fresh produce is in that week.

Uptown Farmers and Vendors

Stony Hill Farm
You'll find amazing produce weekly from Stony Hill Farm - fruit fruit abounds, including cantaloupe, peaches (yellow & white), blueberries, watermelon, nectarines. Vegetables and herbs include zucchini, cucumbers, greenhouse tomatoes, kale, lettuce, carrots, collards, potatoes, cabbage, beets,scallions, South Jersey Sweet Corn, radishes, beans, garlic, 8 ball squash, peppers, eggplant, herbs, parsley, basil,arugula, mint, and cilantro

Gina's Bakery
Looking for an easy, appetizer to bring to your next summer cookout? Serve Gina's golden, baked focaccia with a healthy homemade salad. Gina's Bakery has a delicious selection to choose from including tomato, zucchini and caponata - a scrumptious mixture of eggplant, onions, and capers.

Country Stand Farms
Fresh corn, Country Stand Farms will have it this week! Plan on getting your greens as well, Walt says they'll be bringing romaine, kale so check out Chef Jen's kale demo live at the market to learn how to make a delicious kale salad.

Hoboken Farms
Hoboken Farms has a delicious selection of naturally prepared foods, including their famous tomato sauce "Big Red" and delectable mozzarella. Their freshly baked ciabatta make the perfect match for sauce and fresh moz or try their incredible "ready-to-cook" crab cakes, an ideal appetizer to serve at your next cook-out - just bake and serve with tartar sauce.

Dr. Pickle
Dr. Pickle offers a wide range of savory pickles - including pickled green tomatoes, mushrooms, and a refreshing "fresh" pickle - perfect for garnishing cocktails, adding to veggie platters, or serving along side your favorite sandwich.

Skinny Chef
Local Hoboken Chef Jennifer Iserloh will be doing kale demos to show you how healthy and totally delicious kale can be. Pick up an autographed copy of her new book "50 Shades of Kale". She will also showcase her new line of healthy, tasty Skinny Chef Superfood Sauces - the ideal way to make healthy Farmers' market produce taste amazing! Stop by for a free taste of all four flavors, learn how to make a simple kale salad or top a tomato mozzarella plate in a unique and easy way. In this weekly newsletter she'll also feature tips on cooking, healthy and fresh ideas to get more of these healing superfoods into your diet.

Downtown Farmers and Vendors

Catch the Downtown market every Tuesday from 3pm to 7:30, near the CVS

Jeff O'hara at Union Hill Farms
Union Hill Farms, located in Denville, NJ is owned and operated by Jeff O'Hara. Grown fresh on their farm is an assortment of fruits, vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, sugarsnap peas, beets, carrots and lettuce as well as flowers including sunflowers . In addition, they also also have fresh mozzarella cheese, honey, maple syrup, dressings, jams, and marinades. In the fall, you can look forward to pumpkins, hay, corn stalks and free hay rides when you visit the farm.

Melick's Town Farms
For nearly 300 years, the Melick family has provided our community with delicious, locally grown, farm fresh fruits and vegetables! We also sell plants, shrubs, jams and jellies, baked goods, gifts, and even Christmas trees - all the products that people have come to rely on from the Melick family since about 1725. We are the largest fruit grower in Central and Northern New Jersey, with over 650 acres of land. They have 120 acres of fruit trees, with over 5,000 peach trees and 20,000 apple trees!

John Krueger at Star Brite Farms
Star Brite Farms Starbrite Farm is a diversified, certified organic, vegetable farm. They are a USDA certified organic farm that grows virtually every type of produce that is possible in our climate- from arugula to zucchini. Included in the planting list are many heirloom varieties such as the Rattlesnake pole bean, Costata Romanesco squash, heirloom melons, and many varieties of heirloom tomatoes. We also grow many unique varieties such as Japanese salad turnips, white sweet potatoes, sugarsnap peas, multi-colored carrots as well as oakleaf and other types of lettuce you will never find in the supermarket as well as purslane and purple cauliflower. John says you can expect ground cherries in next week, they look much like gooseberries and are a delicious topping for Greek yogurt.

Sample the delights of the Downtown Farmer's Market's vendors. You'll find gourmet nuts and dried fruits, Pickle Licious pickles and olives, as well as Saucy Sara's Salsa.

Health Tips

Getting more Greens into Your Diet

By Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh

You might have heard in the news or in health publications how important greens are when it comes to healthy eating - but you may not be sure just how much to eat or how to cook them.

Not only are greens good for you, they are über-superfoods, because they contain high levels of all the vitamins and minerals you need along with plenty of healing compounds (like antioxidants, flavonoids, and sulfur compounds that can fight cancer, protect your heart, and keep your eyes healthy). My two top picks that you'll find weekly at the farmer's market are kale and spinach.

Kale is a leafy green that comes from the cabbage family, and there are many varieties - from Lacinato, to curly, red Russian, and ornamental Asian just to name a few. And they all have slightly different flavors but are delicious sauteed with a pinch of salt and olive oil or added to many dishes you already know and love. Kale is a superfood because it packs a wallop of nutrition.

1 cup of chopped kale contains:

  • only 33 calories
  • 684% vitamin K
  • 200% of your daily needs of vitamin A
  • 134% of Vitamin C
  • 134% lycopene

Spinach has high levels of vitamins K, A, C, B2, along with manganese, folate, and iron - all available in just one cup! In fact, spinach contains so many nutrients that aren't even listed here and they can all be yours, unlike the hope diamond!

1 cup of spinach clocks in at only 41 calories:

  • 377% Vitamin A
  • 29% Vitamin C
  • 24% vitamin B2
  • 67% folate
  • 35% iron
  • 17% fiber
  • 21% tryptophan

I consider spinach to be an über-superfood because of the medical studies indentifying it as a cancer and inflammation fighter due to the high levels of phytonutrients - and ones that specifically slow the growth of tumors. Lycopene, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene are some of the other nutrients present in the pigment of spinach that get scientists excited.

Cooking with both is a cinch. Try my simple sauteed spinach, or my spinach strawberry salad. Kale is just as delicious and versatile as spinach, and also happens to be cheaper and higher in protein. Check out this nifty guide, cooking kale for newbies for more than 10 easy ways to enjoy it.

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